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1805, Nov1860, Dec 26
an English sailor, trader, and showman who became one of the first Europeans to live as a Pakeha Maori and to receive the full M?ori facial tattoo. He travelled to Australia and found employment as a trader of flax in New Zealand in the 1830s. Burns returned to Europe in 1835 and spent most of his remaining years as a showman giving lectures, where he described the customs of the Maori, performed the haka, exhibited his Maori tattoos and recounted his adventures in New Zealand.
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